Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has added two new locations to its Maps Flyover feature in iOS, including Yosemite National Park in California and Wellington, New Zealand. The new additions to Flyover allow users to take a close 3D look at the areas, zooming in on important buildings and landmarks.

    Flyover data for Yosemite National Park comes as Apple prepares to launch OS X Yosemite, the newest version of its Mac operating system. As of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple began naming its operating system updates after major California landmarks and with OS X Yosemite set to be released to the public later this year, it makes sense to add Yosemite's Flyover data to Maps.

    With the addition of two new locations, Apple now provides Flyover data on more than 90 parks and cities around the world, with a full list available on its iOS 7 Feature website.

    Over the last several months, Apple has been hard at work improving its Maps app. Users have reported significant improvements in Apple Maps data, with errors being fixed quickly and new Points of Interest popping up. Apple also made notable updates to Maps in China, Japan, and other countries earlier this year.

    Article Link: Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature
  2. macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    Another step In The right direction ! Truth is, a great mapping software takes years! Apple is still a few years away, I think!
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2012
    It's true!

    I can see my back deck.

    41.25361s 174.76555e
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2014
    Still no Wash DC

    and still no Washington DC...
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    I'm sorry but:
    Street View - very useful
    Flyover - gimmicky.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    If you zoom in far enough with FlyOver you get a much better understanding of the area your looking and it is easier to look at.

    StreetView is only nice for seeing the name of stores/numbers etc.
  7. macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    Street View is way better for pedestrians and cyclists - you can actually see some real detail. FlyOver is of course somwhat useful for drivers (I suspect Apple is being US-centric again) and also a great visual candy for advertising / new product introductions.
  8. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    We'll have an interesting flyover to admire once Mac OS X 10.12 Death Valley comes out!
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Genuinely curious. I have no dog in the fight. How would Flyover be useful for drivers? Don't pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have the same POV?

  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2013
    Yet my city is about 7 years old and hugely outdated. With major housing estates, a completely redesigned city centre with new shopping complex and completely new road networks.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I didn't really understand that either. it doesn't matter what mode of transport you're using, what matters is exactly what information you need.

    If you need to see a particular address, say a house or office, so you'll recognise it when you arrive, then Street view is great.

    But if you want to find parking spaces, or back alley shortcuts for pedestrians or cycles, or you want to plan an itinerary visiting landmarks, or you want to find a place you once visited but don't remember the address, Flyover is much, much quicker.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Yeah, these stories aren't really necessary. Coverage maps are available from the mapping suppliers showing how recent their imagery is. Here's one of the UK, where you can see, unsurprisingly, they don't scan the entire country in the space of a year. You just have to wait until your turn comes around again. If it ever does.

  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2009
    Malaysia/ New Zealand
    Not true. I use Flyover extensively to plan my cityscapes photoshoot.
  14. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I wish it was nice for that! Those signs are too rarely legible.

    I originally though Street View was great for figuring out super-local details like which driveway goes with which building, or which doorway goes into which business. And I thought Flyover was just a super-cool gimmick that I'd play with and forget.

    In reality--since my city DOES have flyover (and I appreciate that that doesn't help everyone) I use it all the time, and it does what street view used to do, only MUCH BETTER.

    Street view: your view is directly at the familiar street level perspective, and will look just the way you expect when you're there in person. Nice!


    - Your view is often in the wrong lane, taking the "familiar" advantage away.

    - It's often blurred and smeared beyond recognition, noisy, poor contrast, and obscured by lens flares, so you can't read most of the signs you need anyway. I was just trying to use it again this morning and gave up in disgust. What a mess (not always but FAR too often).


    Flyover view is WAY FASTER and WAY EASIER TO NAVIGATE.

    Street View is such an awful experience (including terrible desktop navigation controls). Turn... turn some more... adjust... click to move forward... wait for loading... look around... oops, went down the wrong way... turn around again... turn some more... tap back where you came from... loading delay... turn again... click again... loading delay... can't quite see what I want... try a little farther ahead... loading delay... wish I could back up just a little... but I can't, I'm stuck with nodes 40 feet apart... give up.

    Compare to Flyover: you can navigate instantly and smoothly using the SAME panning/zooming controls as 2D maps. It's not a separatre, awkward mode. It just works.

    And you can easlly see the lay of the land, the driveways, etc. that Street View could show you. Not perfectly, but not worse either--just different. It turns out that the human brain actually has no trouble recognizing a place from an angle 50 feet in the air.

    Try this experiment: find a square block of your city, and pretend you know a restaurant is in that area, and you know what it looks like but you don't remember the name. Now take a "walk" around that block, all the way around and back, four turns, in Street View. Now try it in Flyover.

    No contest. You can spot the place in a few seconds in Flyover. With Street View you will spend minutes, and that's not counting the time you need to go get a shot of whisky to survive the hassle.

    I hope Apple keeps bringing Flyover to more and more urban areas. For a landmark, it’s a gimmick. For a neighborhood, it’s awesome.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    It's not much good when you cannot use Siri for locations in New Zealand. Apple mapping would have to be the biggest stuff up Apple has produced.:confused:
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    But then again, the Satellite/Earth view in Google Maps is usually better than Flyover as it covers the whole world (Flyover is limited to 30-40 cities or so) and it's generally updated more often.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    At least you can see the cake tin in flyover though! That's what's important, right? ;)
  18. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Actually, Apple Maps has satellite imagery and 3D terrain for the entire globe. FlyOver kicks in when available, offering greater 3D detail.

    So Apple has both--and you don't even have to think about or enable anything (unlike the special mode that is Street View).
  19. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    New Zealand
    It's way better than it was.

    "How far to Auckland?"
    "Guide me to Palmerston North"

    All that's missing are restaurants and businesses, right?
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    That's not true. If you're walking in a crowded urban area it can be very useful and awesome. And it can be good for driving to a building in a crowded area you've never been to before.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I am talking about the tilt view in Google Maps which give you something similar to Flyover for the entire globe, with usually more recent imagery.
    Flyover does indeed offer greater 3D details (most of the time) but it's only available in a few cities around major landmarks, while Google Maps offer it everywhere.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Feb 22, 2008
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  23. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    There is still a non-existant bank down my road. Maybe in a few decades Apple will be ready to roll maps out of beta.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2007
    I'm sorry too, because for me they're both useful.

    • Flyover for its speed.
    • Streetview for detail.

    I was recently in Rome for the first time (beautiful city) and Flyover was my main navigation tool when wandering the streets. Streetview is great for intricate detail but navigation would've been too slow when on the go.

    Like I say though, they're both useful in different situations, no need to pick and choose - we have access to both on iOS.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2012

Share This Page